For the second day, I visited NOVA Alexandria Campus. In the campus, I met other teaching staffs, Dr. Ali Soleymani, Dr. Margaret Leary and Mr. Stephen Ward. Dr. Soleymani is a professor in Information Technology. He teaches Databases. Dr. Leary is a professor in Information Technology. She teaches Network Security Layers, and CISSP Preparation. She is also a CyberWatch Co-Director for Professional Development. CyberWatch is an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center, funded by the National Science Foundation and located at Prince George’s Community College. The CyberWatch mission is to improve both the quantity and the quality of the nation’s information assurance workforce. CyberWatch works as a consortium of over 50 higher education member institutions, plus more than 30 partner organizations in industry and in government. Mr. Ward is an assistant professor in Information Technology. He teaches Network Communication, Security & Authentication.From her desk and laptop in her office, Dr. Leary demonstrated how she managed the examination live from online and distance programs. Together with Mr. Ward, I watched how her student gave a presentation for the assignment by online and by using software called SecondLife. Second Life is an online virtual world. A number of free client programs, or Viewers enable Second Life users to interact with each other through avatars. Avatars can explore the world, meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another. Second Life is intended for people aged 16 and over.
I visited The George Washington Masonic National Memorial. It is a Masonic building and memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. It is dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first President of the United States and a Mason. The tower is fashioned after the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. The tall memorial sits atop Shooter's Hill. Construction began in 1922, the building was dedicated in 1932, and the interior finally completed in 1970. The memorial is located near by the King Street in Old Town of Alexandria. In the afternoon, I visited the Old Town of Alexandria, which is the heart of the city on the Potomac River waterfront. The King Street area has some famous stores and galleries.
I visited NOVA Alexandria Campus. In the campus, I attended a meeting with members of the Women’s Center. This center fosters an environment in which women of diverse cultural backgrounds can best fulfill their personal, educational and professional goals. Specific goals of the center include as below:
I. Provide resources and services to promote educational success emphasizing gender equity and inclusiveness.
Promote access to quality education with college transfer: Scholarship, career and professional development opportunities. Internships, workshops, and community service initiatives
Partnerships with community agencies and professional organizations II. Develop programs to address gender and cultural barriers in areas of employment and policy-making and to encourage leadership opportunities for women. Lecture series addressing women's issues.
Development of curriculum for Women’s Studies Program.
Recognition of contributions of women on campus III. Establish referral system to: Campus counseling for men and women.
Community services agencies.
Support groups and peer mentoring.
Community outreach for role models Participants in the meeting include Ms Jill Biden, who is a Lecturer in English Department in NOVA Alexandria Campus and as the wife of the current U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.In one occation, Dr. Chamlou introduced me to her. It was exciting to meet and talk with the Second Lady of the United States. I also met other participants including Dr. George Gabriel, NOVA Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, and also met an exchange faculty staff from University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. In midday, Dr. Chamlou and I visited George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In the campus, I visited the library, canteen, study room, and international office. In the evening I got dinner with Dr. Chamlou at her parent’s apartment. Dr. Chamlou and both her parents are originally from Iran. They migrated to the US during 1970s. I also enjoyed eating the taste of iranian food.
I visited the Garden Tour of the White House with Dr. Chamlou. We got 2 free tickets provided by Ms Jill Bidden on the day before. The White House Garden Tours have been a tradition since 1972 when Pat Nixon first opened the White House gardens to the public. Visitors are invited to view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden was accessible to guests. There is a visual explanation to help educate visitors on the elements of the garden. Then, we visited some interesting places in Washington D.C. including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
I visited some interesting places in Washington DC including the Metro, the US Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Union Station Train Station, and the Pentagon. I also visited other interesting places such as the George Washington University (GWU) Campus.
In the morning I visited NOVA Medical Faculty campus with Mr. Paul McVeigh (NOVA Vice President). In the campus, I met a staff, who guidedus for tour on campus. In the midday, I got lunch with Mr. Paul McVeigh and Mr. Bernie Burolla (U.S. Executive Director of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Council on Higher Education Partnership) at Korean Restaurant in Annandale region. Mr. Burolla explained the nature of the Joint Council’s work and how it supports the advancement of collaborations between American and Indonesian universities in the areas related to the environment. He also mentioned some possible collaborations in the future such as student exchange, etc. In the afternoon, I visited Mr. Paul McVeigh’s office in the Office of Global Studies and Programs at Annandale region. In the office, I met Ms Stacey Bustillos, who is a coordinator for Office of Global Studies and Programs. She produced documents for my visa application. In the office Ialso met an academic staff, who is responsible fordistance learning program. She explained how distance learning programsactually work in practice and gave some insights in term of student participation in the program.
I visited NOVA Annandale Campus, and met the Provost of Annandale Campus, Dr. Barbara Saperstone. She briefly explained the formation of the campus including identifying some teaching staffs specializing in networking subjects. After the meeting, I continued visiting the Annandale campus facilities, library, canteen and also meeting other teaching staffs. Then, I met Dr. Necmi Mutlu, who is a lecturer in information technology specializing in networking. He teaches Introduction to Telecommunication and other Wireless Networksubjects. He is also a coordinator of International Programs. He managed to build collaboration in term of student exchange with an institution in Turkey. Then, I met Ms Cindy Miller, who is faculty developer for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The Center is dedicated to assisting faculty and staff in improving the quality of teaching and learning services. CETL Faculty Advocates inspire, guide and mentor faculty in areas of pedagogy and classroom management. At midday, I got lunch at City Dinner Restaurant with Dr. Chamlou and Mr. Ward. In the afternoon, I got back to NOVA Alexandria Campus.
I visited NOVA Alexandria Campus and attended an IT training together with Dr. Chamlou about “How to Use Blackboard” with the instructor Ms. Kirstin Riddick.The Blackboard Learning System is a virtual learning environment and course management system developed by Blackboard Inc. It is a Web-based server software which features course management, customizable open architecture, and scalable design that allows integration with student information systems and authentication protocols. It may be installed on local servers or hosted by Blackboard ASP Solutions. Its main purposes are to add online elements to courses traditionally delivered face-to-face and to develop completely online courses with few or no face-to-face meetings. In the afternoon, I received a NOVA Alexandria Card as an Affiliate from the Parking Office, which can be used for Bus ticket from the main Alexandria campus to the down town of city of Alexandria. I also met the Provost of Alexandria Campus, Dr. Ron Buchanan. Later, I met the Dean of Division of Liberal Arts, Dr. Jim McClelland and the Dean of Division of Science, Technology & Business, Dr. Chad D. Knights. Some time in the afternoon, Dr. Chamlou introduced me with some students asking for some guidance from her about student activities. Dr. Chamlou is a mentor for student activities in NOVA Alexandria Campus. In the evening, I attended two courses related to my interests including “ITN 200 Administration of Network Resources” with the instructor of Mr. Hatim Hussein, and “ITN 155 Introductory Routing-CISCO” with the instructor of Mr. Pablo Ibar. The ITN 200 course focuses on the management of local area network servers, whereas the ITN 155 course gives an introduction to basic router configuration using Cisco IOS software.
I visited the National Mall, which is a tree-lined, grassy space, was part of Pierre L’Enfant’s in 1791 plan for the city of Washington. Today it stretches from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and is lined on either side with buildings of the Smithsonian Institution. The interesting places I visited including the Smithsonian Institution, National History Museum, and Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian Institutionis a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum's collections include specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. It is a center for research into the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals.
I visited Mount Vernon. It was the home of George Washington for over 45 years. The house was built in 1743. George Washington lived there until his death in 1799. In Mount Vernon restaurant, I got lunch with Ms Zhang, who is a Faculty Exchange Staff from Nanjing Institute of Technology, China, and Mr. Paul McVeigh, NOVA Vice President. Ms Zhang, who just arrived 3 days ago, will spend as a visiting faculty in NOVA for 3 months. Her visit was funded by the Chinese Government. In the afternoon, I met Mr. Hatim Hussein, a Faculty staff from NOVA Alexandria Campus, and we got dinner at Kebab Restaurant.
I visited Mr. Steve Ward’s house and then got lunch with Mr. Ward and Dr. Chamlou at Mexican Restaurant. In the afternoon, Dr. Chamlou drove me to Dulles International Airport (IAD), Washington DC.
On the journey with Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi and in the next day Arrived in SoekarnoHatta International Airport at 14.30 pm.